Who we are

Brian d’Souza

Open Ear Playlisting Team

Brian founded Open Ear in 2007 following academic degrees in Music Psychology and Sound Design. Brian tours the world DJing, performing and sourcing music. He’s curated playlists and worked with the likes of the Tate, V&A, British Council and hundreds of commercial brands for the past decade. Brian was awarded by NESTA as a Creative Pioneer, is currently a PRSF Momentum Artist, and has twice been nominated for a SAY Award.

Neil Macdonald

Open Ear Playlisting Team

Neil is Open Ear’s Head of Music and resident musical encyclopedia. He joined Open Ear in 2008 following ten years as a manager/buyer in music retail. He’s been DJing for some 20 years, performing in legendary venues across the UK. Neil is also a regular contributor to a number of music publications, and has interviewed artists ranging from Steve Albini and Ian MacKaye to Wu-Tang Clan and Kraftwerk.

Kevin McCrorie

Open Ear Playlisting Team

Kevin is Open Ear’s Head of Business Development. Kevin has been professionally involved with music for over twenty years – first as a DJ, then through higher management in music retail, to launching new sites and campaigns with Open Ear across the UK. Kevin’s passion for music and his business expertise makes him perfect for this role.

Max Lutoslawski

Open Ear Playlisting Team

Max has worked in both music and film for over ten years, initially working on radio projects for a number of BBC shows before moving more firmly into the world of music curation. Over this time he has developed intimate working relationships with many of the people behind London’s most respected venues.

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Oscar Arroyo

Open Ear Playlisting Team

Originally from Mexico, Oscar looks after all of Open Ear’s Latin American and Spanish themed clients. Currently Oscar works with clients such as Wahaca, Chilango, Ceviche, Asia De Cuba and Benito’s Hat. You can also see him DJing all over the UK for the likes of Movimientos and Highlife.

Shivani Kenth

Curator Network

Shivani has worked for the BBC for over ten years, initially producing radio programmes but her passion and knowledge of Indian music lead her to become the Music Manager for a national radio station. As well as curating playlists for the network, Shivani has discovered new and unsigned artists and ensured the delivery of the station’s music strategy. She has also been responsible for programming live events. Her strong links with artists, record companies and promoters in the UK, India and USA/Canada has allowed her to deliver live music projects to air and on stage. Shivani’s thirst for finding new music and her attention to detail when programming music has made her tastemaker amongst her peers.

Keb Darge — BBE Records

Curator Network

Renowned for bringing Northern Soul to London, Keb has spent the last 40 years accumulating one of the most respected record collections in the world. Collaborations with DJ Shadow, Snowboy and Kenny Dope have cemented Keb’s reputation as one of the world’s leading authorities on funk, soul, disco, psych, rockabilly, surf and garage. He has released a number of acclaimed compilations on the BBE label, as well as on his own Kay-Dee imprint.

Secret Life

Curator Network

Based in Ibiza, Secret Life is an artist management company run by renowned DJ and Cafè Mambo residents Pete Gooding and Phil Dockerty. They look after Ibiza legends such as Jose Padilla, Phil Mison and Chris Coco and curate playlists for the likes of Hostel La Torre and Cafè Mambo.

Auntie Flo — Highlife

Curator Network

Auntie Flo is a central figure in the “new strand of club music fusing electronic and world influences alongside the likes of Daphni, Four Tet, Romare, Sinkane and John Wizards (The Wire, 2013). With his Highlife party and label he is helping to “take World Music into the future” (The Guardian, 2015).

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David Barbarossa

Curator Network

David Barbarossa is one of the best kept secrets of Glasgow’s bustling underground music scene. His passion for digging further than most into rare and unknown disco, funk, tropical treats and other lesser known party starters - whilst never being afraid of the classics - has seen him pack dance floors across the UK and Europe for close to two decades.

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